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Episode 70: Talking Records with Ohmega Watts

Ohmega Watts was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, by West Indian Parents from Jamaica. He lived in Brooklyn for eight years before moving to Laurelton, Queens, New York.

He grew up listening to many types of music including reggae, calypso, soca, death metal, ’80s pop and hip-hop, but only started to take a serious interest in music when he was around 11 years old. He gravitated towards hip-hop, listening to “Golden Age” artists including Run–D.M.C., LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Dana Dane, BDP, Eric B. and Rakim, Pete Rock and CL Smooth and Gang Starr, but the artists who most influenced him sonically/production-wise were artists in the Native Tongues Posse, such as A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, and Black Sheep.

Ohmega Watts’s first release was “A Request”, a soulful and DJ-friendly solo 12″ featuring his group Lightheaded and former hip hop trio, The Procussions. “A Request” received praise from respected DJs, including Mr. Scruff, Gilles Peterson, Greyboy, and the Los Angeles-based Heavyweight Record Pool. Ohmega Watts’s sound was compared to playfulness of Digital Underground and big drums and chopped samples the likes of Pete Rock.

A record deal with Ubiquity Records was signed shortly after this first release. Ohmega Watts’s first solo album, The Find, was released on Ubiquity in 2005. His sophomore full-length, Watts Happening, was released in 2007.

Producing since 1997 and MCing since 1993, the Ohmega Watts resume includes tracks produced for Mars Ill on the Ill Boogie label, for Listener on Mush, plus he’s recorded as Lightheaded for Day By Day Entertainment, and as Return To Sender on their 2001 compilation, A Piece Of The Action. He has produced for Beautiful Eulogy and also produced the entire Half Dead EP by Cataphant.

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